Community Memories: Living Through the Lockdown

Help us to create an archive to record and inform people of the future what it was like to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, the most extraordinary times in our recent history.

Hull History Centre holds one of the richest and most varied collections of archives relating to the Second World War in the country. These records, created by the people of the City, its businesses, organisations and the Council, help researchers understand what it was like to live under wartime conditions.

We now find ourselves in another time of great uncertainty.

We are asking for your input to help us in our work to build a COVID-19 archive. We want it to reflect the everyday aspects of our lives, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on them.

Notices, posters, leaflets, photographs will all contribute to an archive created by the community, for the community.

We would also like to hear from you about your daily lives under lockdown or self-isolation.

If you are not already, you could consider keeping a written, printed or digital diary or journal that can be deposited with the archive once the crisis is over.

We are interested in questions such as the following:

  • What does your day look like?
  • Do you have children being schooled at home?
  • Have you been creating activities to keep the children entertained?
  • Have you started a new hobby?
  • If you are in isolation how are you coping? And what strategies have been put in place to help you?
  • Are you an essential worker and, if so, what is life like for you?

It is important that we record everyday life during the pandemic, not just material related specifically to the pandemic. This will ensure that the history of this unprecedented event is recorded.

If you have any items you would like to contribute to our Community Memories project please contact us on 01482 317500 or by email at Thank you.

Are you a student or member of staff of the University of Hull?

Please consider contributing to the University's COVID-19 Experience Archive.